Japan's energy industry is at a cross-roads, with nuclear energy critical to the country's economy, but a population that is leaning more toward renewables. While Japan was moving decisively toward renewable energy, a change of political leadership has thrown everything in the air.
British energy companies are expected to soon begin using fracking to unlock shale gas, in hopes of igniting an energy revolution for the country. But with the controversy around fracking in the United States, many residents are saying, not so fast.
After passing the United States as the top carbon emitter, one researcher says China's now making a commitment to reduce the country's carbon output. But in order for China to reduce large amounts of CO2, they say, the U.S. will need to do more.
Mexico's drug cartel, the Zetas, have joined the coal mining business to increase their profits outside of their lucrative drug trading business. But legal and illegal coal mining practices in the region have mining advocates concerned for the miners' safety and future coal mining practices.
In his inaugural address on Monday, President Barack Obama spoke of America's need for renewable energy. But with Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman's recent approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Obama is faced with a new front in the ongoing energy debate.
For companies doing business in California, a new environmental law is about to go into effect. It is expected to raise the cost of doing business for companies with carbon emissions.
A number of college students across the country are trying to convince the administrators running their endowments that for the good of everyone, they need to stop investing in fossil fuel companies. A similar effort around South African businesses was an important part in ending apartheid.
The vast American power grid can be laid low by storms big and small. Jeffrey Leonard, CEO of an investment firm, says if the United States doesn't start investing now, it'll continue to face massive bills after disasters.
New York City drivers face new restrictions on when they may buy gas as the region deals with a major fuel shortage, an enduring problem from Hurricane Sandy's tear through the area. So far, reports are that the rationing system is cutting lines at filling stations, making it easier to get the gas that is available.
Getting a barrel of oil out of the ground takes energy. Years ago, you could get 100 barrels of oil out of the ground with just one barrel of oil spent. Now, it's more like 20 to one, or even five to one. That compares favorably with renewable energy sources -- but it all depends on how things are counted.